I want to buy a condo / townhouse in Rancho Cucamonga - where do i start the process to see if i can even be approved or if it right for me?

Asked by Mj, Rancho Cucamonga, CA Thu Aug 25, 2011

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Streamline R…, , Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Thu Aug 25, 2011
Please contact our office directly. We are located in Rancho Cucamonga, so we know the market and we have both Agents and Lenders that we work with to help you get preapproved and find your home. This should be an exciting time for you, please let us be a part of it. :)

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Thu Aug 25, 2011
Everyone is correct in stating that you should start by speaking with a mortgage consultant. During this conversation expect to have the mortgage process explained to you in detail and have all of your questions answered.

As part of the pre-approval process be prepared to answer questions regarding your employment, income, assets and credit history. With this information your mortgage consultant will be able to provide you with a full detailing of the financing options available to you, point out to any attributes specific to your situation that may be a hurdle in obtaining financing and discuss ways to overcome these issues, if any.

The way I work, I like to have an initial 10-20 minute conversation where I answer a new client's general finance questions, gather their information and discuss their desires specific to the property they are interested in purchasing.

After this conversation, I then do my research and analysis to put together a document with a detailed breakdown of various mortgage options that meet the client's specific desires and constraints. In this document I list all costs associated with owning the home and derive what I call the "net after-tax housing expense". I provide this information in a table format which allows the client to compare all options side by side. I also create and send to the client a short video where I review and discuss each option. I find that this particularly assists first-time home buyers and allows them to better understand what may be complex information.

Each mortgage consultant works differently, so make sure you work with someone that you feel comfortable with.
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Teresa Tims, Agent, Upland, CA
Thu Aug 25, 2011

It all starts with the financing. Check out my video to find out what you need to gather up and give me a call to go over. Would love to help. http://www.youtube.com/user/teresatims?feature=mhee#p/a/u/2/…

Teresa Tims
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Jerry Gusman, Agent, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Thu Aug 25, 2011

You are correct, your first move should be to get preapproved by a lender to see what price range you can qualify to buy. There are many townhouses and condos available in fact I have a few condos listed myself that may be a fit for you. We are also a direct lender and can prequalify you for financing all under one roof. If I can be of asistance please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Thu Aug 25, 2011
In my opinion you should ...

1. Attend a first time homebuyer seminar/class which will educate you on the responsibilities & expenses of being a homeowner- you can find a list of HUD approved homebuyer education courses in California at http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm?webListAction…
2. Speak with at least 3 different places you get mortgages from - I'd start with the bank you bank with, also speak with a mortgage broker, a mortgage lender, another bank that offers mortgages, and then also a credit union (if you can become a member of any). You may even want to speak with at least 2 of each type.
3. Make sure the eventual lender you want to go with and has pre-approved you, has pre-approved you in a manner similar to http://www.trulia.com/blog/shanethemortgageman/2011/05/the_m…

If you need help figuring out your financing options, have a buttload of questions to ask, and are looking for that type of information... I'd be happy to help.
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Gladys Giron, Agent, Ontario, CA
Thu Aug 25, 2011
Hi Mj! Buying property in Rancho Cucamonga is a great investment. You need to contact a bank or mortgage broker (and I can explain the differences) and determine what type of loan is right for you and how much you would qualify for. A real estate agent can direct you to a few loan officers. I have a few that I can recommend that are GREAT! The second step to purchasing is to hire a real estate agent. You want to hire someone who will look out for you and your best interest.

Having said this, I would like you to know that I am a real estate agent. I focus in the Inland Empire in specific Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana. Would love the opportunity to talk to you and get you started with your goal of purchasing a condo.

Mj, I hope all of this helps you get started. Looking forward to possibly helping you!
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Craig Chasta…, Agent, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Thu Aug 25, 2011

I agree with all the answers below. You should definitely start off by speaking to a lender about getting pre qualified to see where you stand financially. Once you have your letter in hand you are ready to start shopping. At that time you can decide if a condo/townhouse or single family home is right for you.

I would be more than happy to help you with both your mortgage and real estate needs.

If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call.

Craig Chastain
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Michael Abram, , Los Angeles, CA
Thu Aug 25, 2011
Hello Mj,

The first step is to speak to a loan officer who can pre-approve you for a loan. That way, you know exactly how much you can afford in terms of a purchase price, maximum loan amount and monthly payments. Good luck!

Michael Abram
First Capital Mortgage
NMLS #235060
Direct: (310) 434-1718
Fax: (310) 451-6407
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Dominic Piet…, Agent, West Hollywood, CA
Thu Aug 25, 2011

Start by applying with a credited bank or mortgage company to determine how much you can spend and what you are willing to spend. This will help you to know what price range you qualify for and how much of a monthly payment you are comfortable with.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Thu Aug 25, 2011
You should start by meeting with a local and trusted mortgage broker, they can prequailify you at no cost, they will look at your credit plus your financials and let you know if there are any mortgage programs that you may quailify for. This will tell you what price to shop in as well as what the costs will be.


please see my blog for tips and advice on getting a mortgage
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Thu Aug 25, 2011
Start by visiting with any loan officer to determine mortgage qualification, be aware that a mortgage pre-approval letter is required in order to determine your price range and for any offers to be taken seriously; thereafter, choose an agent to work with, he/she will be your best guide.
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Diana Margala, Agent, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Thu Aug 25, 2011
As all of the agents have explained you should always start with a lender to see what you qualify for, what type of loan you will qualify for, what you will need for a down payment and make sure that they payments are good for you and your family.

Then you need to work with a Realtor who can help you find a Condo Complex that also qualifies with the type of loan that you will be getting. Questions like, is it FHA approved, what is the owner occupancy rate which is relevant in traditional financing.

Please contact me I am very familiar with Condo’s in Rancho Cucamonga ( I have lived in Rancho for over 27 years) and my office is in Rancho Cucamonga, I am also familiar with other areas in the Inland Empire because I have sold in many of the cities for over 11 years.

Diana 909-560-0145
Information is Free, Knowledge is Priceless
The "Real" Difference in Real Estate
Web Reference:  http://www.dianam.com
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Caroline Bar…, , Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Thu Aug 25, 2011
Hi Mj,

Definately your first step is to get pre-approved by a lender and know where your financial comfort zone is before you go out looking at homes. Make sure to shop around and ask a lot of questions. I'm a local broker, realtor so feel free to either email or call if you need any assistance in finding the right home.
Best Regards,
Caroline Barooshian
Broker, Realtor
DRE #01067678
Day Creek Realty
Cell 909-200-9280
Fax 909-999-5113
Web Reference:  http://daycreekrealty.com/
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Christina Mc…, , 91737
Thu Aug 25, 2011
For your info: Rancho Cucamonga condos are really a special segment of the market all their own. Prices are back to where they were in 2003 or earlier. KB Home built several of the complexes which are similar with only a few changes. I know that the prices are below what they sold for as new.

I know the area really well. Feel free to send me a message if you want help looking:

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